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Railways issues fresh SOPs amid rising Covid cases



The Ministry of Railways has issued a revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be strictly adhered to in the movement of passengers by trains across the country.

With the rising number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, the railways decided to advise passengers to wear face masks at the time of entry and also during the entire journey. Any violation of the advisory would be dealt with in accordance with various rules/guidelines.

Passengers would have to maintain physical distancing at the time of boarding and travel. No catering charges would be included in the fares of trains. While the facility of pre-paid food services on trains would be disabled, Ready to Eat meals, packed items, packaged drinking water bottles, tea/coffee/beverages would be made available to the passengers in trains on payment basis through pantry cars/train side vending.

The fully waiting list ticket shall not be permitted to travel by train and enter into the station. Unreserved tickets (UTS) shall be permitted on limited trains only on which such unreserved journey has been permitted.

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